Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad offensive lineman Lane Johnson of Oklahoma (69) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl north squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select…


These mock drafts are going to be coming out even more and more now that the season is completed. The draft order is set and players will be shooting up and down the board depending on their performances at the NFL combines and at their school workouts.

Here is the latest edition of the FanSided NFL mock draft and their selection for the San Diego Chargers:

11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT/Oklahoma
Thanks to some great Senior Bowl practices, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is rising up draft boards at a pretty quick rate and due to some names dropping out he could go higher than expected. Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan deciding to return to college means there’s a lack of supply for the high demand of offensive tackles at the top of the NFL Draft. San Diego is going to want to protect Philip Rivers and that starts with improving the offensive line.

With the way things play out in this draft, not sure if I would have the Chargers select anyone else. Chance Warmack, Dee Milliner and Eric Fisher are all gone.

We have to see what the team does in free agency, but that biggest need is to get players for that offensive line. Lane Johnson would be an excellent addition to the team, but I am not sold on his talents and picking him with the 11th pick is a risk. He probably would be a lot better than Mike Harris.

Here is his scouting report from CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Johnson looks the part with a large frame and long arms (35″). He has quick feet to mirror and has an effortless kick-slide. Explosive off the snap and sets up quickly, using his extremely wide base to cover a large area. He digs his cleats in the turf and lowers his butt in pass protection with the strong upper body to control defenders.

Johnson does a nice job using his length to keep rushers at bay and uses his physical limbs to eliminate defenders with his nasty attitude. He has large, powerful hands and usually keeps his hands inside. Natural bender with flexible joints, contorting his frame and selling out for blocks. He locks out and seals defenders on the edge, doing a nice job engaging in space to create run lanes.

Has the competitive drive that scouts want for the position and the upside to continue to develop at the position

WEAKNESSES: Room to pack on some more muscle to his frame and strengthen his anchor. He will play undisciplined at times and overextend himself in space, caught hunched at the wait too often. Gets in trouble when he stops his feet and his technique needs refinement. He needs to keep his feet underneath him to better sustain and not fall off blocks.

Johnson needs to keep his eyes elevated in the run game and improve his blocking angles. He plays a tad mechanical and his hand placement can get sloppy at times. He has only played on the offensive line for two seasons and is still rough around the edges at times.

COMPARES TO: Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers – Johnson is taller and longer than Staley, but they have similar athletic backgrounds and the mobility that makes them impressive in pass protection and blocking on the move.

– Dane Brugler

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  • Joel Garcia

    I think that’s the wrong picture.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Wow..fail on my part… Good catch. Fixing that mess. Sigh

      • Joel Garcia

        lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      And corrected… Still sigh

  • RussinSactown

    I’m liking the comparison to Staley.

  • http://twitter.com/LeeC95688 sd blues

    It would be great if we could hear the actual interview with each of these guys

  • Sergio Quintero

    Still hoping Fisher falls to the chargers, but I expect Lane Johnson to kill it in the combine, and it will make people comfortable with him at pick 11. What gives with the guys at Walterfootball being downright persistent on the chargers taking a Nose Tackle, Franklin is not a kid and is a free agent but have seen the chargers O-Line?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I don’t understand that either. I know we need a nose tackle but that is not even close to our biggest need

    • tbell11

      If Johnson is still a reach after the combine, OG Chance Warmack would be a great addition.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Absolutely agree on that

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Absolutely agree with that

    • lblocz

      would rather trade down a little then pick johnson if not stay for warmack.

      • Sergio Quintero

        With new OLine coach being a zone blocking scheme guy, a guy like Johnson rises in value, and it may drop Warmack a better power blocking player. I think free agency sets the tone for the draft, if you sign an Andy Levitre then take OT at pick 11, sign a Brandon Albert then take a Warmarck at 11.

  • Preston Niedert

    It depends on the free angecy ppl and if the the chragers brass decide that the big lazy can play I’m not sold on lane Johnson if Eric is off the board then select chance warmack and go from there as much as I dislike Jared gaither I have a bad feeling the chargers will keep him and he will be playing next year.